Clive Barker (1987)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Already a popular horror writer, Clive Barker successfully transferred his trademark perverse chills to the screen in his 1987 directorial debut - a surreal, claustrophobic and graphic shocker about the consequences of opening a Chinese puzzle box. The film allowed Barker to introduce a dark new mythology to the genre as well as the Cenobites - leather-clad, disfigured angels from hell with intriguing concepts of dimensional pleasure and pain. Despite his uneven direction, and the odd Cricklewood locations, this absorbing sadomasochistic chiller really delivers the gruesome goods and spawned a number of sequels. It also launched Doug Bradley's head Cenobite - the appropriately monikered Pinhead - into a break-out star of celluloid horror.


A cruel man is sucked into a world of sadistic demons by a magical Chinese puzzle box. He escapes and turns to a former lover, now married to his brother, for help restoring himself fully to life. As she seduces and kills men so he can absorb their body parts, his niece encounters his nightmarish captors. Clive Barker's horror, starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman and Doug Bradley.

Cast & Crew

Larry Cotton Andrew Robinson
Julia Cotton Clare Higgins
Kirsty Swanson Ashley Laurence
Frank Cotton Sean Chapman
Frank the Monster Oliver Smith
Steve Robert Hines
Lead Cenobite Doug Bradley
First victim Anthony Allen
Second victim Leon Davis
Third victim Michael Cassidy
Derelict Frank Baker (4)
Director Clive Barker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Arrow FilmsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Oct 2017